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Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant
Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant

Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hermitagerd.co.uk
  • Phone: 01462 433603
  • Hours of Operation: We are open 7 days a week with all day dining options -

    RESTAURANT food served
    Mon to Fri 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30 – 10pm
    Sat 9.30am – 11.30am breakfast & 12 – 10pm
    Sun 9.30am – 11.30am breakfast & 12 – 8pm

    BAR food served
    Mon to Sat 12pm – 9.30 pm
    Sun 12pm – 8pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kumour Uddin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a Private Room with a capacity for 20 people with conference facitlites available for day/evening hire.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellene Immelman 0146 243 3603
  • Entertainment: Magical Mayhem Bar Magic and live music - 3rd Thursday evenings monthly
    Sunday acoustic sessions 7-9 pm, live music coming your way on the first and last Sunday in the month & ‘happy 2 hours’ on selected cocktails.
  • Special Events & Promotions: New Year's Eve - gourmet buffet - live music

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Hitchin Train Station is a 10 minute walk away. There are also bus stops on Hermitage Road
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the Queen Mother Theatre Car Park or Portmill Car Park, both within a 2 minute walk and free after 6pm.
A word from Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant
Offering the best in high street casual dining within the stunning surroundings of the 'old Hermitage ballroom' - New York loft stripped back style. Winner of BEST FOOD OFFER the Publican Awards 2013 & 2014 & Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013 & 2014. Open plan kitchen serving British cuisine with a bustling atmosphere. 150 cover restaurant & 80 cover bar & specialised coffee shop on the ground floor open during the day.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a great place to eat, a great choice on menu and pretty good value, with knowledgeable, professional and friendly service. They have a good choice of specials that are well worth going for. Suitable for all occasions."
    dined on 01/09/2014
  • "A friend recommended us to visit Hermitage Road Bar & restaurant, so we had no real knowledge of the place previously. Our visit couldn't have been more successful! We were asked if we wanted to go to the bar first or straight to our table. The waitress made us feel very welcome, wasn't rushed (in fact she told us a bit about the fascinating history of the building) the food was well cooked, beautifully presented and speedily delivered. Couldn't ask for more even though the prices were a little higher than some other local places. We were so pleased that we have already booked to take some friends back there in a couple of weeks!"
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "Lovely, attentive staff. Perfect portions of beautiful food. Classy but not pretentious. Worth every penny!"
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend there for our 1 year anniversary, the food was amazing and the staff were brilliant. When i booked the table I mentioned about it being our anniversary and they brought out a lovely pudding which had happy anniversary written in chocolate sauce. Over all the restaurant is beautiful and i am very happy."
    dined on 30/08/2014
  • "Such a shame they we're slow food was good but we went home for pud. Go early of you got kids mine were Hungery then past it"
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "Great restaurant, brilliant atmosphere. Only criticism is that the menu could do with changing now. I've been here about 5/6 times and they should think about varying the menu a little more. Still a great place to go though!"
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "Meal for 7 in aid of my Daughters 21st. Lovely table and set up with my balloons although did purchase 21 confetti but this wasn't used! Great meal and service, Had to wait more towards the end but the restaurant was very busy by then. My daughter loved it, that was the main thing. A special restaurant for a special occasion."
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "Five of us ate here mid-week; the restaurant was busy, the menu seems slightly limited and fairly fixed - i.e. no daily specials but it is a very popular venue. We didn't have a designated server,which I found a bit disconcerting,although overall the service was friendly . Came here when they first opened and it's heartening to see how well they've done with such a large space."
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "Really nice restaurant. Great food. We have the Hermitage sharing platter to start, then lobster & steak for main. We even made room for dessert as they were so yummy! Nice wine list and great building with very high ceiling, brick walls with steel like furnishings. Very cool :)"
    dined on 25/08/2014
  • "My husband & I went for our anniversary. Fantastic choice as we'd not been. Food, staff & atmosphere were all great. Very friendly & a lovely selection of good & drinks."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "Very busy Wednesday evening, with live music and a buzzing bar; we were celebrating my daughters birthday. Seated promptly at 9pm, but took a while to take our food order. The food was very tasty, as always, and good volume. The service was poor this time, with 3 or 4 waiters/waitresses taking various orders, not coordinated, and forgetting to bring drinks. Bit of a mess, really. I did leave a tip (I shouldn't have), and we will go back as the atmosphere and menus are unique in and around Hitchin."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "We eat a reasonable amount at The Hermitage and the service is always impeccable as is the food. Always a lovely buzzy atmosphere and reasonable prices."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "We booked for a special birthday and were very impressed with the effort the staff put into the evening. Well made cocktails on arrival (strawberry mojitos are great) and well thought out wine list. We were given a lovely booth, the service was fantastic and the food gorgeous. A lovely slate board with Happy Birthday in white chocolate and ice cream was a really lovely gesture, my daughter really enjoyed her evening. We would highly recommend although if you are looking for an intimate atmosphere for a romantic date, this probably isn't the right venue for you."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "As we walked in we were greated by friendly wait staff and it didnt just stop there. It was girlfriends birthday that day and we had gone to the Eitz in London for lunch and I have to say that your service was 10 times better than those at the Ritz. They made our night! Also the food was incredible. I could not fault a single thing. Thank you for such a good evening!"
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Get first impression - door staff checked if I had a reservation which seemed professional. Went straight in and had a table to sit at even though it was very busy and food was served within good time. Both meals tasted great and there was a great atmosphere. Only disappointment was that they didn't serve BBQ sauce which I was surprised at!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our engagement having been there for my birthday the previous year. Lovely place, has a New York edge to it. Service was great, food to high standards albeit on the pricey side. They even brought out a desert plate with "Happy Engagement" written in white chocolate sauce which was sweet although we did find we were charged for the scoop of icecream which we didn't order but I didn't want to spoil the meal by questioning this! Overall would recommend as a good venue for a special occasion."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "I go to the Hermitage every couple of weeks, always at different times and for different reasons, and i cant fault it in anyway each time. Great staff and service, amazing food, lovely ambience and a good winelist! Well done again...."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "My wife and I have been aiming to come here for some time, so a special birthday visit seemed just right, and we were not disappointed. The food and wine were excellent, the service attentive but not overwhelming, the portions just right. Getting there early, and chosing to sit away from the kitchen and bar was a good choice, since we were able to talk without shouting. Certainly a place to remember for the future."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "I have enjoyed dinner at Hermitage Road with friends before and also enjoyed lunch on this occasion. For me there is more choice for the evening menu, however, the quality of food is excellent and service was good. The bar area is also great for just drinks or bar snacks. Would highly recommend a visit."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Sometimes finding a really nice restaurant in Hertfordshire can be a bit tricky. There are loads of gastropubs and the like but it is often hard to find a good, modern restaurant for special occasions. Hermitage Rd is such a restaurant - great atmosphere, delicious food and plenty of helpful staff. The prices are a bit on the London side, but then you get what you pay for!"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "We had great food here for my husband's birthday - it doesn't have as many veggie options as I would like but what we did have was great. BBQ king prawns really good value as you get 10 big ones plus slaw, fries and sweetcorn. The steak also looked quite big and well cooked. The specials were really imaginative - pulled pork, in a ball of bubble and squeak with slaw and chorizo - looked great! Friendly service plus lovely atmosphere and bar was good too. Didn't have desert - was too full but the sharing platter looked like a great option. Will definitely be back!"
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Visited The Hermitage on a weekday evening. The menu is a bit tired by now. Some of the food was great, other was just OK. Rump steak with surf and turf was tough. Also forgot to bring the "jumbo" prawns with meal. Starters were also mixed up. Staff was friendly, but our server wasn't knowledgable about a few things on the menu. Didn't really seem bothered that she couldn't answer our question. Cocktails were FAB!"
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Hermitage road doesnt look much from outside, but you go upstairs and it opens up into a beautifully ex-dance hall with an airy feel and lovely tall windows. The food is a cut above anything I have had for a good while at the same time. It takes the food seriously but it is so unpretentious its not true. The service is excellent, polite, attentive but not overbearing. I've never left a review for a restuarant before but the experience was so good I felt compelled!"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "My Dad who is usually very fussy cleared both his main and dessert plates.....and asked "when are we coming back"? my Parents and Aunty absolutely loved their experience."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "This has got to be the best and tastiest roast I have ever had! Nicely presented, loved the way the veges were preped and cooked. Just awesome and will definitely be returning! Lush!"
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "The waitresses was excellent the food excellent the two courses we had but was unable to stay in the restaurant because I started to feel ill because it was so hot in the restaurant and left before we had dessert which spoilt a lovely evening and we ended up having dessert at another restaurant once we had cooled down"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "The food and drink was really nice but we went on a hot day and the main room was really hot and sticky."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Fabulous evening at Hermitage on 19th July. Table was booked for 18:45 with the usual 2 hour time limit ..... we went over that time slightly - but weren't hassled at all. Food & service first rate!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Took my wife and 89 year old mother for an evening meal. Both loved the place and the over all impression was good. Having once bopped up there in the 40/50 and 60 eras(between us) when it was a ballroom, it was so good to see some of the original brickwork still maintained... .the only downside was we waited a while for coffee after the meal. But this was my third visit and it won't be my last. It's a great place for all ages... keep it up guys..."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "We do eat quite regularly at Hermitage Road, but had an extra special meal there last Saturday for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Friendly, extremely helpful staff and we even got a specially prepared dessert saying 'Happy Anniversary' in chocolate!"
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "The ribs are amazing! We also shared the seafood platter which was very good. Only downside is that the kitchen is in the main room and they dont seem to have sorted out the extractor fa, and there's a blueish haze in the air - every time i go I come away smelling like i worked in the kitchen for the entire visit."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Have eaten here a couple of times and in each case the food was very good, with a simple menu and some good specials. The wine and beer is also excellent. It has been busy on each occasion so I would recommend booking in advance. As it is busy, you might want to ask for a table around the outside as it can get noisy in the central area."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal here on Saturday night. excellent choice of wines and food was scrummy, I thought good value for what we received. Service was attentive even though they were packed and very busy. Thank you!"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "I recently visited the hermitage with my girlfriend for an evening weekend meal and had a wonderful all round experience. The service from street to table was outstanding and the ambience thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable. The food was superbly cooked and presented very well. I would recommend the hermitage to all people of all ages as place not to be missed."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The Sunday menu was quite sparse but actually encompasses something for everyone. The kitchen staff appeared to work very hard. The waitress was attentive but not intrusive. The manager bought us over a glass of bubbles after finding out it was our anniversary, as well as a pudding anniversary plate. A really wonderful touch :) The food was full of flavour and portions were fine for us (some may find on the small side). Wine wa great, a really lovely experience. We will be back (though not on a noisy Friday or Saturday night)"
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "I took my mother and daughter to the Hermitage to celebrate Mum's birthday and we had a lovely time. The service was very courteous from the minute you stepped in to the reception, and we were made to feel at our ease, taking a drink at the bar whilst our table was prepared. The food was delicious and plentiful. I chose the belly pork special and there was so much meat that I struggled to eat it all! No room for a pudding therefore. Thank you to all the staff for making it a great occasion."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "We met some friends we had not seen for a while. Had a lovely evening, wonderful atmosphere and the food was outstanding."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "I regularly dine at the Hermitage and it never fails to disappoint. Easily one of the best places to eat in Hertfordshire. It's great value for money and the food is delicious. thoroughly recommended!"
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "The food is always great/ fantastic, we were given the table requested, however the service is becoming less good! The kids menu changed and a main for a child is £6.50 however so is a dessert for a child £6.50 Lots of different waiters came to our table even though one introduces him/herself as our waiter for the night, resulting in confusing orders and feeling rushed. Also we were given for one person one scallop instead of 4, upon querying we got 4. The bill was incorrect and overcharged by approx £23.00. Overall not the best experience this time round."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "The Hermitage is a great place to catch up with friends for a drink or dinner or both. Great drinks list in an amazing bar. Food is ok but more than makes up for it with the friendly attentive service. Highly recommend."
    dined on 14/06/2014